Whether you already live in Colorado Springs or you’re thinking about moving to one of the most affordable cities in America, there are several family-friendly areas you should check out! Here are the five best neighborhoods in Colorado Springs for families:
- Old North End
- Home Price: $283,838 median purchase price; $1,351 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 96% of cities in Colorado
Briargate is one of the fastest-growing communities in Colorado Springs, thanks to new construction and the neighborhood’s prime location on the north end of the city. This popular neighborhood is full of modern two-story houses and ranches with spacious backyards, so they’re ideal for families who want room to grow. The area also has two planned communities—Pine Creek and Cordera—which have height restrictions on homes in the area to preserve the beautiful views for residents.
Things to Do in Briargate
Check out the Promenade Shops at Briargate for brands like Anthropologie, Lululemon, and Pottery Barn. Or peruse a huge selection of stores like H&M, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Macy’s at Chapel Hills Mall. Sign the family up for yoga or swimming classes at the Briargate YMCA. Get some exercise in and reach new heights at Sky Zone trampoline park. Take your furry friends to Rampart Dog Park, or hit the playground with your little ones at John Venezia Community Park. Chow down on pulled pork and Polish sausage at Bird Dog BBQ. Or order Thai favorites like Pad Thai and Vegetable Fried Rice at Thai Mint Restaurant.
- Home Price: $409,033 median purchase price; $1,430 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 38% of cities in Colorado
Located in the northern part of Colorado Springs, Northgate is a quiet residential area that’s perfect for families who want to get away from the city—in fact, it’s not uncommon for residents of Northgate to spot mule deer and other wildlife roaming through their yards or streets around dawn and dusk.
Northgate is one of the best neighborhoods in Colorado Springs for families who want good public and private K-12 schools. The Classical Academy is highly-rated, has several campuses throughout the area, and utilizes hybrid-online programs geared toward time management and self-advocacy. There’s also the The da Vinci Academy, which offers STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) programs, and the Air Academy High School, which feeds into the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Things to Do in Northgate
Set up a picnic, play volleyball, or stop by the dog park at Fox Run Regional Park. Get in a round of golf or enjoy a cocktail with dinner in the clubhouse at The Club at Flying Horse. Practice hitting a bullseye at Magnum Shooting Center. Check out InterQuest Marketplace, an entertainment complex complete with bowling, laser tag, a movie theater, and casual eateries. Catch an Air Force Division I football game at Falcon Stadium. Schedule figure skating or hockey lessons for the kids at Monument Ice Rinks. Fill your belly with small plates and naan flatbread at Atmosphere Gastropub. Try a flight of craft IPAs at Colorado Mountain Brewery. Or grab a cappuccino at Mission Coffee Roasters after dropping the kids off at school.
Old North End
- Home Price: $221,109 median purchase price; $819 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 47% of cities in Colorado
Looking for a Colorado Springs neighborhood that’s close to downtown amenities and good for families? Give Old North End a try! This small historic district in the East Colorado Springs neighborhood offers gorgeous Victorian-style homes, friendly streets, tours of local historic sites, and trendy shopping, dining, and nightlife options within walking distance of the area.
Being in the heart of the city, Old North End provides access to great Colorado Springs schools like Palmer High School, Steele Elementary School, and Divine Redeemer Catholic School—and kids don’t have to go far for higher education since Colorado College is just south of the neighborhood!
Things to Do in Old North End
Spend time outside at Monument Valley Park, which offers soccer fields, softball fields, and an outdoor pool. See breathtaking red rock formations at the nearby Garden of the Gods. Attend a performance by the award-winning Colorado Springs Philharmonic Symphony. Take the whole family to the annual Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park for hot air balloon rides, donut eating contests, and more. Visit unique attractions like the Ghost Town Museum or Magic Town in Old Colorado City. Indulge in chocolate with a scientific twist—like Cabernet Caramel or Almost Elvis—at Cacao Chemistry, which pairs flavors based on their chemistry. Or go down The Rabbit Hole for Alice in Wonderland-inspired cocktails.
- Home Price: $184,842 median purchase price; $1,112 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 57% of cities in Colorado
Colorado Springs overall is one of the best places for veterans and retired military to live, but it’s also a great place for military families to settle down—especially in the Powers neighborhood, which is close to both Peterson Air Force Base and Schriever Air Force Base.
The “Powers Corridor” (as this strip along Powers Blvd is often called) has a variety of housing options from luxury apartments to affordable single-family homes to accommodate both permanent residents and those temporarily stationed in the area. It also has plenty of family-friendly amenities throughout the neighborhood, including paved bike trails, golf courses, community parks, and the First & Main YMCA.
Things to Do in Powers
Tour the National Museum of WWII Aviation to see aircrafts from the 1940s. Walk through the Peterson Air and Space Museum with the kids to learn about military technology. Play a round of mini golf or hit the batting cages at Legends Mini Golf & Batting. Root for the Rocky Mountain Vibes (MiLB) at Security Service Field. Make your way to the Colorado Springs Flea Market to browse an eclectic collection of treasures and listen to live music. Stop by First & Main Town Center for shopping, spa services, dining, and IMAX movies. Dine at The Airplane Restaurant, where visitors eat burgers, ribs, and steak in a decommissioned airplane. Or grab a beer and Cowboy Sliders at JB’s Burger Kitchen + Bar, if you’d prefer to keep your feet on the ground.
- Home Price: $327,777 median purchase price; $971 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 67% of cities in Colorado
Just north of the Garden of the Gods near Ute Valley Park, Rockrimmon is one of the best neighborhoods in Colorado Springs for families who love outdoor recreation. Residents don’t just have access to local parks, trails, and open spaces within the neighborhood—they also have hiking, spelunking, and rock climbing adventures nearby with Blodgett Peak Open Space, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and Ormes Peak.
Things to Do in Rockrimmon
Play 18 holes of mini golf with the little ones at Adventure Miniature Golf & Batting Cages. Go sledding in the winter or have a picnic in the summer at Mountain Shadows Park. Go on a horseback trail ride through Pike National Forest with the Air Force Academy’s Equestrian Center. Pick up home goods, clothing, and other items from the small boutiques and big-brand stores at University Village Colorado shopping enter. Try local craft beers like Pink Butterfly Fist or Hopped Toddy at Trinity Brew. Order the fish and chips and catch a Broncos game on TV at Wyatt’s Pub & Grill. Or pick up fresh-baked pastries, breads, and cakes at Marigold Cafe & Bakery.
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